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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)


March 22, 2017

REMINDER – February 28th was the last day to fish STOCKED TROUT WATERS until opening day of trout.  Check out the regulation here -  http://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/troutwaters.html 
REMINDER – Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters provide anglers with an exciting opportunity to fish for larger trout, year round.  Under the program, approximately 3,200 large trout, 2-3 years old, measuring between 14-20 inches, will be distributed among select waterways under the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only special regulation.  FIND A KEYSTONE SELECT STOCKED TROUT WATERWAY NEAR YOU - http://pfbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eb5e3ed6e2c14be09e187cc325590ff9
Keystone Select Stocked Brown Trout, heading to a select waterway near you!
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Trophy Golden Rainbow Trout, heading to a stocked trout waterway!
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Clinton County 
Fishing Creek –  The water has some color and is in the low 40s.  Snowmelt slowed fishing down a little, but trout are still being caught.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. beadhead prince #12-16; gold bead pheasant tail #12-18).  Anglers are also catching a few trout using olive/black streamers size 6-10.
A few anglers are catching a couple of trout on midges and blue wing olives during the mid to late afternoon hours.  Make sure you stash a few dry flies in your box (e.g. midges size 22-26, Bluewing Olives size 18-22).
Centre County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake –Anglers are catching a few Yellow Perch and other panfish using live worms, waxworms and live minnows below the spillway. 
Spring Creek– The water temperature is in the low 40s and water flow is good. 
Currently, anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. sowbug, hot spot sow bug, scuds, walt’s worm, black zebra midge, green weenie, caddis larvae patterns). 
Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies in the late morning to mid-afternoon hours (e.g. blue wing olives sizes #18-22; midges sizes 22-26).  Zebra midges are working very well!
Anglers, dead drifting small streamers (olive or black #6-10), are catching trout.

 

March 15, 2017

REMINDER – February 28th was the last day to fish STOCKED TROUT WATERS until opening day of trout.  Check out the regulation here -  http://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/troutwaters.html 
REMINDER – You, your friends and your family can assist PA Fish and Boat Commission stock trout!  Just meet us on the designated date, time and location listed on our Stocking Schedule -  http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
Tioga County
Hills Creek Lake –The Yellow Perch are schooling up and preparing for their spawning season.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch using Fathead Minnows. 
A few fishing tips from Tioga County WCO Lauer -
Although winter has returned for a short time and there are a few more weeks until trout season opens, use this time to prepare.  The two trout openers, in the state, bring a wide array of angling tactics.
Artificial baits that stocked trout love are gold and silver spoon or spinner baits, small to large crank baits of varying color and flies that resemble an egg or worm pattern. 
If you choose to use live bait, consider using a net an head out to collect Black Nose Dace minnows or Red Fin minnows.  REMEMBER, before you collect baitfish, you MUST have a fishing license. 
As the weather warms and the ground thaws, red worms and night crawlers will be available.  You can plan a great night activity with the family, by charging your flashlight batteries and heading out to pick night crawlers!  Dough or paste baits of varying colors (e.g. pink, green or orange) also work well for stocked trout. 
If you are planning to use a boat to fish from in the early months, remember to wear your life jacket.  The mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation is in effect until April 30th.
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek –  The water is clear with temperatures in the low 40s.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. beadhead prince #12-16; gold bead pheasant tail #12-18).  Anglers are also catching a few trout using olive/black streamers size 6-10.
A few anglers are catching a couple of trout on midges and blue wing olives during the mid to late afternoon hours.  Make sure you stash a few dry flies in your box (e.g. midges size 22-26, Bluewing Olives size 18-22).
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Fishing Creek , Clinton County, PA during the recent snow storm.
Centre County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Yellow Perch are preparing for their spawning season.  Anglers are catching a few Yellow Perch on live minnows and jigs in the Hunter Run Cut area.  Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch and other panfish below the spillway.
Spring Creek– The water temperature is in the low 40s and water flow is good.  Although the cold weather has slowed things down a little, anglers are still catching trout.  A slight, warm-up is predicted for the weekend, along with some snow/rain showers. 
Currently, anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. sowbug, hot spot sow bug, scuds, walt’s worm, black zebra midge, green weenie, caddis larvae patterns).  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies in the late morning to mid-afternoon hours (e.g. blue wing olives sizes #18-22; midges sizes 22-26)